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When: Mondays-Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 23 2011

Blue line rider that I am, I confess to a bias against this evening of lightning-fast sketches. Though based on stories collected from people all over the city, it's set on a northbound red line train and seems to privilege the chipper sitcom vibe unique to that route. Here be apple-cheeked co-eds from Minnesota tittering at the attentions of beat-boxers, Cubs and Sox fans, Evanstonians. The authenticity of Waltzing Mechanics's inaugural show doesn't make it any less kitschy. I'll hold out for a blue line collection, with bleary commuters who value stoic solidarity over wacky, uplifting encounters. --Keith Griffith

Price: $10

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